learning how to work with composites

Discussion in 'Thumpers' started by jesusgatos, Mar 21, 2011.

  1. schattat

    schattat Long timer

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    Wow, nice work there! :thumb
    I am planning on doing some composite work myself soon (rallye bashplate and fairing). Looks like I can find plenty of handy advice here then.

    I'll post some pics of the bashplate mould I've made so far so you can tell me what you think of it...
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  2. jesusgatos

    jesusgatos fishing with dynamite

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    Thanks, but the most help I can give you is to point you to the index of helpful info that I compiled in the first post of this thread. This stuff is all new to me too. But yeah, post some pics! Was hoping that more people would jump-in here...
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  3. michael1968

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    Here you go:

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    My attempt at a composite bashplate.
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  4. dazco

    dazco Been here awhile

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    Great insight into how to make your own stuff. Ive been toying with the idea of making a bash plate and handguards for my xr600. Ill definately be doing it now. Just not sure where to get supplies for that kind of thing over here in the uk. Looks like ill be doing some google searching. Again thanks for the info and photos
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  5. jesusgatos

    jesusgatos fishing with dynamite

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    That looks like it turned out great. Dig the reinforcing ribs/crossbracing on the bottom. Have you posted anyhing about building that before? Just looks like something I remember reading about when I was first getting into all this stuff.
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  6. michael1968

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    Thanks, I'm pretty happy with how it turned out, it pulled away a little from those ribs but I don't think it will impact on
    the strength.

    It's 6 layers of kevlar and two of glass, epoxy as the matrix. It's held up to a few big knocks without any visable damage plus it only weighs about 0.9 Kg.

    I posted a pic in the F650 Dakar thread on it, maybe you saw it there. I'm doing a toolbox for the front of it next.

    Cheers,
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  7. technoracer

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    this is a GREAT idea! thanks for teaching me something this morning!
    -tech...
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